Sharing their love of reading

2016-04-19 06:00
Author Athol Williams had everyone at the edge of their seats as he passionately conveyed powerful messages through some of his poetry.  PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

Author Athol Williams had everyone at the edge of their seats as he passionately conveyed powerful messages through some of his poetry. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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Parents and youth alike came out in numbers and their contributions will assist 420 pupils in receiving a new book.

Read to Rise, an organisation working with the 42 primary schools in Mitchell’s Plain, hosted a cover and coffee session at the Westridge library on Saturday 16 April.

Together with seasoned volunteers, the parents and pupils alike covered 420 books to be distributed to Grade 3 pupils in the next few months.

“It is amazing to see so many young people getting involved. Without knowing it, you are doing something amazing,” says Roscoe Williams, Read to Rise Project Manager.

Grade 7 pupils of Westend Primary and the DAD Ambassadors joined the initiative.

Leanne Mcgregor, DAD Sector leader encouraged parents to sign their children up for the programme that focusses on community upliftment and raising leaders.

One of the main events of the session featured Mitchell’s Plain born author Athol Williams who read some of the poetry published in his latest book, Bumper Cars.

“We show children we care by giving them a new book. We do not just drop these books off, we give it to them in their hands and show them respect,” says Athol.

The book distributed is called Oaky and the Sun and is written and illustrated by Athol.

Athol continued by reading several poems he wrote, two of which were from previous books.

His rich and powerful content about real issues plaguing the world today was a hit with those who came to listen.

“Poetry can be a language when others fail. I hated poetry at school and I felt it was dry and boring, but I think that has changed as more South Africans are beginning to write poetry that we can relate to,” he says.

Roscoe says the project has since extended to Soweto where several schools there are also benefiting from the initiative.

He adds they usually have cover sessions at a local school hall and that this was their first session at a public library.

He says they will definitely consider doing so again based on the success of this project.

V For more information on the organisation or how to get involved, visit

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